The Parks Trust Education Centre Milton Keynes
The Park Trust Campbell Park Pavilion 1300 Silbury Boulevard Campbell Park, Milton Keynes, , MK9 4AD
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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What we offer
Every year we help around 6,000 people to learn about their local environment through outdoor learning sessions. The school and community groups that take advantage of Milton Keynes’ fantastic outdoor classrooms are amongst the parks’ most enthusiastic visitors.
The Parks Trust Outdoor Learning Team provides a wide range of fun activities, games and guided walks to inspire you and your class. Whether you are looking for a curriculum-based activity, a session to help you achieve healthy school status, or simply want a fun environmentally-linked session outdoors, we are sure you will enjoy your experience.
The Parks Trust run these sessions from its two education centres at Howe Park Wood and Linford Lakes Nature Reserve as well as sessions held within your school’s local Parks Trust land (if located in Milton Keynes).
Sessions can cater for EYFS, Key Stages 1-4, after school groups and further education as required. A wide range of activities are included, such as Dens & Dandelions and Bugs & Minibeasts for KS1 and KS2, and Survival Skills and Woodland Management for KS3 and KS4.
What makes us a great choice?
We provide children with the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with nature in a safe, fun environment. We offer a wide range of activities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy, while also teaching them more about wildlife and the natural environment around them.
Accreditation and Awards
The Parks Trust holds the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.
What is typically included?
Classes can visit our education centres for either a half or full day. Each session lasts for approximately two hours.
For primary schools, choose one session for a half day or combine two for a full day of activities. Half day bookings run from 9:30-11:30am or 12:30-2:30pm; a full day would run from 9:30am-2:30pm.
The sessions available include:
- Seasons and our Senses - KS1
- Plants and Trees - KS1 and KS2
- Habitat Study - KS1 and KS2
- Dens and Dandelions - KS1 and KS2
- Bugs and Mini beasts - KS1 and KS2
- Pond Investigation - KS1 and KS2
- Bird watching - KS1 and KS2 (Linford Lakes Nature Reserve only)
For secondary schools, choose one for a half day or combine two for a full day of activities. Half day sessions run from 10:00am-12:00pm or 12:30-2:30pm; a full day would run from 10:00am-2:30pm.
The sessions available include:
- Newt habitat survey - KS3 & 4
- Ecological techniques - KS3 & 4
- Ecosystems and Interdependence - KS3 & 4
- Woodland management - KS3 & 4
- Survival skills - KS3 & 4
- Urban planning and the natural environment - KS3 & 4 (Howe Park Wood only)
The centres provide a base for local schools as well as those from further afield to come out for a half day or full day of environmental education activities with use of the centre for lunch and access to toilet facilities.
Alternatively, we can hold sessions on your local Parks Trust land, within walking distance from your school, which eliminates the hassle and cost of transport, while introducing children to what is in their local area. The parks in the Trust’s care include ancient woodlands, SSSI sites, balancing lakes and linear river parks.
Group Sizes Catered For
A class of 30, which will be split into two, with a ranger with each group.
Materials, Resources & Information Provided
Pre and post visit activities are sent out once the booking has been confirmed. All outlines for session are available on our website, which show the links to the relevant National Curriculum sections.
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
As long as you have permission from parents/guardians we are happy for photos to be taken.
Risk Assessment Details
As part of your pre-visit planning preparations, all site specific and any activity specific risk assessments relevant to your visit can be downloaded from our website www.theparkstrust.com/resources/licences-permits-and-forms
It is important that you carry out your own risk assessment, further to these as pupil responsibility remains with you. If you need any further advice on risk assessments, the carrying of first aid kits, pupil/adult ratios etc. please speak to your school visit coordinator who will have all the relevant details of the requirements you need to meet. Whilst we appreciate that you will need adults to come along to keep your ratios correct, we ask that there are no more than seven adults with each class as it can become distracting with lots of people present. Please contact us if you would like to arrange an accompanied pre-visit or if you have any questions about the accessibility of our activities.
Education Officer Information
To find out more information or make a booking please contact us on 01908 233600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
School groups - £3.00 per child for Sessions in the Parks, £5.00 per child for half day (£7.50 for full day) at Howe Park Wood Education Centre or Linford Lakes Study Centre
Learning for little people - £2.50 per child
After school groups - £2.50 per child
Talks and walks for adults - £45
We ask that your group is dressed appropriately for the weather, including all adults present. In winter this may mean warm, waterproof clothing and footwear. If wellies are worn, then we suggest children wear a second pair of socks to keep their feet warm.
In the summer this may mean sun cream and hats. As most activities will involve being on uneven ground and in and around long grass where there may be nettles and brambles we recommend that children’s legs are covered and that sandals are not worn.
First Aid Information
All our practitioners are first aid trained, but we ask that you bring first aid kits and trained staff as well.
At each of our education centres there is space for children to eat a packed lunch. These centres also provide toilet facilities. Howe Park Wood has a café which serves hot and cold food and drinks and is open to the public.
Accessibility & Disabled Facilities
All buildings have disabled facilities. Please advise of any particular requirements at time of booking.
Opening Hours & Information
Both of our centres are available for booking every day in school term time between 9am and 3.30pm
The pace of the activities was perfect for our group of SEN learners and the equipment was good. The instructor was very supportive and immediately understood the needs. Charles Warren Academy
Children loved the session J Staff very friendly and good with the children. Very knowledgeable. Will be rebooking for next year – our third year doing this session! Shepherdswell Academy